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Jones Elementary School Destination ImagiNation Team Advances To Globals

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April 19, 2012
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This group of third graders needs to raise $9,000 in one month to compete against teams worldwide!

Who knew that when a group of third grade girls from Jones Elementary signed up for Destination ImagiNation (DI) in January, three months later they'd be headed to Globals? “We knew our kids were smart and talented,” said Team Manager Jessica Farrar, “but many didn’t know anything about DI when they started. We’ve really watched them come together as a team and accomplish amazing things.” This team is the first team in the 30 year history of DI from Severna Park to make it this far. However, in order to have the chance to compete against teams from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, 10 Canadian Provinces and 30 countries from India to Turkey, and Ecuador to Scotland, this group needs sponsorships and donations from the greater Severna Park and Anne Arundel County communities.

DestiNation Imagination is a program that teaches creative problem solving to kids. It is an approved supplement to the Anne Arundel County Public Schools curriculum, considered to be part of the Gifted and Talented program. However, participation in DI is voluntary and requires volunteers to manage the teams as well as a school staff member to serve as the school liaison. The concept of DI is that teams are allowed to choose from 6 different “Challenges” and they must create a Solution that is entirely kid-driven - adults can’t suggest ideas, help build solutions, or direct the kids.
For the past several months, the group of seven girls has been hard at work on projectOutreach, one of the six Challenges. This project entailed identifying a community need and coming up with a way to help solve that need. The kids were required to implement a marketing and advertising plan; prepare a skit complete with props and scenery that describes the project in a creative fashion; and finally, solve an Instant Challenge at the tournament.

The Jones Ba-Bams, as they call themselves, decided to help the SPCA of Anne Arundel County. They researched online what the SPCA needed and from there developed advertisements, posters, brochures, and daily video announcements on the school's closed circuit TV system. This video shows the girls performing this past weekend at State's in front of the DI appraisers. It shares what their project was and demonstrates all the pieces of the projectOutreach Challenge. The girls created every part of this performance, from the script to the scenery and props –http://youtube/FdOT7qOyvok or go to YouTube and search “Destination Imagination Jones.”

In addition to the Central Challenge, which gives a score of up to 240 points for quality and creativity of the solution, each team is required to solve an Instant Challenge at the Tournament. In an Instant Challenge the team is given a Challenge, often a building or performance task, that they’ve never seen before. They are given a few minutes to devise a solution and then present it to the Appraisers (DI terminology for judges). Instant Challenges are scored on teamwork, quality, and creativity of the solution. The Ba-Bams came in 1st Place in the Instant Challenge at the State Tournament beating 13 other elementary school-aged teams who also competed in projectOutreach.

The Global Finals will be held May 22-26 at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.  Pledges from individuals, groups, civic organizations, and businesses need to be obtained by May 3. Pledges should be sent to Monica Resa at mdyeagley@yahoo.com or 410-271-0292 or to Jessica Farrar at communications@jonespta.com . Groups, businesses and private donors who are able to pledge at a certain level will have their logos and names printed on the Ba-Bams shirts and publicized through Jones PTA and Jones Elementary School media. Donations are tax-deductible.

All questions can be directed to Monica Resa, Ba-Bams Fundraising Chair for Globals, at the aforementioned email and phone number. Any and all community support is appreciated to help this amazing group of girls reach their DestiNation and represent the Greater Severna Park Area.


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